US Open champ Osaka ‘stressed out’ by great expectations
US Open champ Osaka ‘stressed out’ by great expectations
Naomi Osaka 'stressed out' by living up to US Open win
09 October, 2018, 18:53
That's basically why." Osaka, who is still overcoming the tiredness post the US Open further added, "I just kind of felt a little bit exhausted practising and warming up for the match.
The Dane of Polish ancestry, who was also the victor in the Australian Open and Eastbourne this year, was a clear favourite throughout the tournament after defeating all rivals quickly, including China's Wang Qiang, Czech Katerina Siniakova, Estonian Anett Kontaveit, Croatian Petra Martic and Swiss Belinda Bencic.
The world number six made headlines last month when she stunned Serena Williams in NY to win her maiden Grand Slam, in a final overshadowed by the American's bitter row with the chair umpire. She then relied on this ability to counterpunch from the baseline throughout the match, converting every single one of her break points and getting 84 percent of her returns in play.
It is a place that she is not altogether comfortable in.
Afterwards, Osaka, who turns 21 on October 16, said it was more a case of fatigue than anything more serious, but suggested that she may not make the WTA Hong Kong Open, which starts on Monday.
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Raced into an early lead against an unusually erratic Osaka, who had won 24 of her previous 28 games.
"Then after number one in the world, I wanted to win a Slam, then I wanted to lift trophies".
"I know it's bad, but I sort of read the comments (online or in media)".
"I did everything that I can to be better for the final, it wasn't enough time to feel 100 percent", the 30-year-old said. In the first last week, she got to the Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo.
Osaka, 20, required a medical break in the second set for what appeared to be lower back pain.
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